“I was simply preparing myself mentally for what I had to do.”
Univision late night news anchor Ilia Calderón, an Afro-Colombian woman, went to Yanceyville, N.C. to interview Chris Baker, a member of the Loyal White Knights, a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. According to a preview video that has been released by Univision, Calderón had a face-to-face interview with Baker and the two were discussing his views on segragation. During the interview, Baker tells Calderón flat out that “to me, you’re a n****r. That’s it.”
“My whole team warned me that they would insult me and I knew they would insult me,” Calderón says in the video. “I knew they would disrespect me, but I never imagined the level [of disrespect].”
Calderón admits that she was prepared to be insulted and treated badly by the people she was going to interview. When Baker used the racial slur to speak to her, Calderon says in the video, that she felt scared and unsafe. María Martínez Guzmán, the Univision vice president of news, warned Calderón to stay in the car as the crew went into the home to shoot footage for the interview earlier in the day. When the crew showed up at the property, Gúzman says that she had never seen someone look at another person with such hate as those people when looking at Calderón. Calderón was also told that she is the first black person to ever set foot on Baker’s property.
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